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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Late 80's Studio Album
In March, 1989 Madonnas long-awaited, Like A Prayer was released to the public and critics eagerly sharpened their pencils. Multiply produced by the pop diva herself, Steve Bray and Patrick Leonard, the album would encapsulate a striking of mixture of styles that ranged from Pop, Dance, Soul and even on occasions, Gospel. Like A Prayer (1989) quite possibly was her...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Madonna's Most Explicit Artistic Statement!
The album, LIKE A PRAYER was released on March 21, 1989, two weeks after her single, and was dedicated in memory to Madonna's mom as the linear notes read: "This album is dedicated to my mother who taught me how to pray." The musical sound, in this album, is a slight departure from the previous ones as more serious tones brought additions to rock sounds giving it a...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Late 80's Studio Album, 3 May 2006
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Ian Phillips (Bolton, Lancashire, UK) - See all my reviews
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In March, 1989 Madonnas long-awaited, Like A Prayer was released to the public and critics eagerly sharpened their pencils. Multiply produced by the pop diva herself, Steve Bray and Patrick Leonard, the album would encapsulate a striking of mixture of styles that ranged from Pop, Dance, Soul and even on occasions, Gospel. Like A Prayer (1989) quite possibly was her greatest album of the 1980's.

The title track, Like A Prayer had startling undertones of spiritual and religious commentary that was both profound but controversial in its day where the stunning video of this classic where Madonna is seen dancing in front of several burning crosses was banned from T.V after just one screening. Still Madonna had made her mark and this fantastic classic raced to the top of the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. Despite steering into a gospel sound, the song is still highly sexually charged, highly danceable whilst she is backed by a string of angelic sounding gospel singers that was conducted by Andre Couch which merley heightened its blatant spiritual nature. One of Madonnas most definitive classics!

The undertones of hot, pulsating funk on the playful, Express Yourself proved that Madonna hadn't lost her impeccable touch for making great, infectious, jamming dance musi. The track would become a cross-Atlantic Top 10 seller.

The album then takes a plunge with the surprisingly dire, Love Story on which she duetted with dynamic pop singer, Prince. Love Story is a blatant waste of opportunity as these are such fine and diverse talents that were amongst the most important figures of twentieth century music. The mid-tempo beat careers along at a sleepy pace and petters out in nothing. Prince orchestrated the song and merley seemed like some sort of experiment on his part as its the only song that lets the album down.

The compelling, Till Death Do Us Part was a song where Madonna seemingly confronted her own personal demons. Listen to the lyrics and they could almost be a direct message to her first husband Sean Penn. Their turbulent marrage was still very much lingering in her mind and its as though she is deliberately singing the song for him to hear. Madonna neatly glides along the windy, complex music arrangements and sounds utterly magnificent in the process.

Madonna has always possessed the incredible and uncanny ability to turn personal experience and traumas into art. Promise To Try is a hauntingly atmospheric ballad that is both mellow and soothing in its content whilst on Oh Father, Madonna sounds as though she is exploring and trying to analyse her complex relationship with her father. The pain and confusion in her voice simmers out on this touching number and can move you to tears with her breath-taking and vulnreable sounding vocal performance.

Cherish is a delightful confection of radio-friendly pop that returns to Madonnas more traditional, earlier sound. The melody is tight and punchy giving it an overly infectious feel whilst Madonnas tone sounds playful and angelic. Her sassy charm truly ignites this recording and it soon became a big seller on the U.K and U.S Pop charts.

One of the adventurous offerings on here is the sugary but compelling, Dear Jessie which is utterly glorious from its fantastically arranged and highly origanal musical arrangements. Unsurprisingly, Dear Jessie with its fun, happy content became another huge hit in Madonnas already large catologue.

Keep It Together is a nifty slice of commercial-flavoured dance-pop which Madonna delivers with style and finesse but one of the other highlights on the album is then served with the spiritual, Pray For The Spanish Eyes which is both atmospheric and reflective. This leads to the final of the album with the experimental, Act Of Contrition which has Madonna quietly uttering a prayer over an edgy, stark rock guirtar with a choirs background chants played backwards. This method was used by acts such as Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles in the 1960's to create that ultimate psychedelic effect. Certainly one of her more diverse offerings here.

On the whole, Like A Prayer ranks as one of her all-time timeless, classic albums. Highly consistent and good solid work, this enjoyed extravagent sales figures and critics rightly haled this as a masterpiece! Fantastic!!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars is not enough!!!!!!!!! One of her best!, 2 Oct. 2006
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Paul Orton "MLVCsanctuary" (Birminghan, UK) - See all my reviews
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Ok, so I've been a Madonna fan for almost as long as she's been at the top of our charts - which is almost 25 years!

She has released a hell of a lot of music in that time. From the early days of what would become dance music (Holiday, Everybody, Lucky Star, Physical Attraction) to her classic 80's era (Papa Don't Preach, Open Your Heart, Who's That Girl) to this, her pre-"Blond Ambition" days.

If I had to put her albums into any sort of order - either "best", "most iconic" or "most defining Madonna", then Like A Prayer would definitly be in not only mine, but most people's top 3! The title track Like A Prayer is classed as many peoples most defining Madonna song, with titles like Vogue, Music, Into The Groove, Papa Don't Preach and Hung Up following closly behind.

We all remember the famous/infamous Pepsi ad. Madonna, dark haired for the first time since Live Aid, dancing on the street and getting down with the choir. Then we remember the video. Burning crosses, a black Jesus, the stigmata and the crime. All of which could have easily overshadowed the album and title track if it was anyone else. But with the music and performer being this powerful, NOTHING could overshadow it no matter how controversial.

This album is Madonna at one of many peaks of her career. The others being the release of Like A Virgin, the 1990 Blond Ambition tour, the release of Ray Of Light, her amazing 2004 Re-Invention Tour and 2005's Confessions On A Dancefloor album at al.

The production on Like A Prayer is amazing. She worked with long time producers Stephen Bray (Into The Groove, Keep It Together etc) and Pat Leonard (Papa Don't Preach, Who's That Girl, Frozen etc) who both along with Stuart Price and Mirwais, remain a favourite with Madonna fans around the world.

She released 4 singles all together off the album in the UK - Like A Prayer, Express Yourself, Cherish and Dear Jessie, all massive top 3 hits. The latter in the US wasn't a single, intead she opted for Oh Father (which wasn't released here until the Something To Remember album in the late 90's) and Keep It Together. But there are many more powerful songs on the album - most notably Promise To Try (about the life and death of her mother), Til Death Do Us Part (her only song (that we know of) about her marriage to actor Sean Penn), Love Song (a collaberation is rare for Madonna, this time with Prince) and Spanish Eyes (a beautifully sung ballad, showing off how far vocally she's come since the Like A Virgin and True Blue days).

All in all, she's had an amazing career and released some of the most iconic music which nobody dare deny whether a fan or not. An essential album and if you should own only one or two Madonna albums in your time, LIKE A PRAYER should be one of them!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One to cherish, 17 Aug. 2000
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Like A Prayer is the album that proved Madonna could make pop music- believable, heartfelt and chockoblock full of emotion.
From the Beatlesesque little girl lost feel on Dear Jessie to the heartbreaking ballad of regret and fatherly love/hate- Oh Father- each track is adult pop at its finest.
Keep It Together and Express Yourself send you spinning from the tearful songs and back onto the dancefloor! That's the great thing about this terrific album, it has a song for each mood.
If you got into Madonna via Ray Of Light and you need some classic Madonna tunes to keep you listening until Music is released, then Like A Prayer is for you!
If you don't already own it, why not? Like Michael Jackson's Off The Wall, this classic album proved Madonna's worth as an artiste and a musical icon.
Cherish this.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Setting the standards others cannot match, 8 May 2004
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Peter Durward Harris "Pete the music fan" (Leicester England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Like A Prayer (Audio CD)
It is unfortunate that so many people judge Madonna by her image rather than her music. Even among those who listen to her music, some quickly spot her limited vocal range and instantly decide that she can't be any good. All those people are missing out on one of the finest – as well as one of the most successful – singers in the history of pop music. Although this album is not my favorite Madonna album, it is the kind of album that only Madonna could have recorded. Perhaps more than any other, it shows why Madonna should be taken seriously as a singer-songwriter of true quality.
The album yielded four top five UK hits, these being Like a prayer (which made number one), Express yourself, Cherish and Dear Jessie. In the USA, Dear Jessie was apparently not released as a single but Oh father and Keep it together both were. Oh father was not originally released as a UK single, but made the UK top twenty in 1996 following its release to promote the compilation, Something to remember. On the assumption that you are familiar with most of these songs, I'll focus on the others.
Love song (a duet with Prince that the two of them co-wrote), although interesting in its own way, does not quite live up to its billing. You would think that a duet featuring the two hottest pop singers of their day would be an automatic choice for a single. It wasn't even released as a single because there are several other songs that are stronger – actually, all the other songs are stronger except Act of contrition, the brief final track that features Madonna talking over the reversed tune of the title track.
Till death do us part is a very sad song about a violent marriage, but with an up-tempo melody that hides the real meaning of the song. This kind of paradox is not unusual in pop music. In the sixties, Baby now that I've found you by the Foundations used a similar idea. Maybe one day somebody will re-interpret the song, just as Alison Krauss did with that Foundations song, slowing it right down to highlight its sadness.
Promise to try, a touching ballad, is a tribute to Madonna's late mother and the difficulty of living without her. Pray for Spanish eyes is another excellent ballad, this time with a touch of Latin.
This is not Madonna's most instantly appealing albums but is certainly one of her most interesting, containing a lot of deep personal messages. If you doubt Madonna's talent as a songwriter, study the lyrics to some of these songs. As a singer, she knows about her limited vocal range and works within it, never over-stretching. It does not surprise me that Madonna has been continuously successful for twenty years. Long may she reign as queen of pop.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Madonna reveals her true depth as an artist, 28 Nov. 2002
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Daniel Jolley "darkgenius" (Shelby, North Carolina USA) - See all my reviews
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Like a Prayer could very well be Madonna's most important album; marked by maturity, honest emotional content, superior musical form and style, and overall quality, it is a remarkable achievement by an artist whose earliest work was dismissed by some as throwaway pop. Perhaps no other album I own starts off as strongly as this one. Like a Prayer and Express Yourself make one heck of a one-two punch. This is the Madonna I like the most--brave, strong, unafraid of controversy, and willing and able to rock your world. Personally, I found the controversy over Like a Prayer and its video to be quite overblown, but it certainly did nothing to hurt album sales. The gospel background vocals gives the song a powerful, full sound that only reinforces the driving beat and mass appeal of the song. Express Yourself is a Madonna statement song--Madonna knows all about expressing herself, and the song does inspire you to be yourself and let others know what you are thinking.
Love Song is a song I can take or leave. At the time, Prince and Madonna were pretty much the king and queen of pop music, and it was really something to hear them team up on a duet. Unfortunately, the song has little substance, and Prince overplays his peculiar, distinctive voice and style. Till Death Do Us Part is, in my opinion, the best song on the album. It has meaningful, important lyrics, yet its tempo makes you tap or sway along with the music; it almost moves too quickly, achieving a perfectly vibrant, energetic pace, and the chorus is just wonderful. Promise to Try is a slower song with beautiful lyrics and a graceful sound, offering yet more proof that Madonna is a real singer with great vocal skills. When Cherish was released as a single, I heard it so often on the radio that I eventually came to dislike the song; listening to it again now, though, I realize how great the song really is. Cherish strikes me as possessing a certain air and spirit of 1960s pop music. It's definitely an uplifting song to listen to, with a strong "feel good" quality to it.
Dear Jessie is another example of Madonna's new sound and style on this album. The music itself is rather subdued, placing the song's emphasis on Madonna's lyrical stylings; this calming track is the kind of song I imagine Madonna would sing to her children at bedtime. For emotional content, the striking Oh Father tops the list on this CD; it definitely sounds like Madonna is singing this one right from the heart. The flow between verse and chorus is striking, and the whole song is a delight to listen to. After a string of slow, emotional tracks, Madonna decides it is time to get the place jumping again with Keep It Together (although even this song carries a strong message). Spanish Eyes is another poignant song of beauty and wonder. Act of Contrition is a weird way to end the album, but I like it. The harmonic dissonance of the Like a Prayer choruses, electric guitar riffs, and free-style lyrics is refreshingly different.
This is a really deep album of great substance. For me, this great asset became somewhat of a vulnerability, though. Hearing songs such as Oh Father and Cherish over and over again on adult contemporary radio stations sort of led me to believe Madonna had lost her edge (despite such evidence to the contrary as Express Yourself). In terms of musical structure and delivery, Like a Prayer is vastly superior to Madonna's previous albums; I easily recognize this fact, but, in general, I prefer the fun dance songs of earlier years to the poignant, beautiful music that typifies this album.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Madonna's Most Explicit Artistic Statement!, 9 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Like a Prayer (Audio CD)
The album, LIKE A PRAYER was released on March 21, 1989, two weeks after her single, and was dedicated in memory to Madonna's mom as the linear notes read: "This album is dedicated to my mother who taught me how to pray." The musical sound, in this album, is a slight departure from the previous ones as more serious tones brought additions to rock sounds giving it a rock-pop and even gospel vibe aside the dance-pop. The album has been described as one of Madonna's most personal autobiographical releases as she poured many emotions and confessions out. Not only does it describe the feelings she needed to deal with like her mother's death in PROMISE TO TRY, father's relationship OH FATHER and struggles with family KEEP IT TOGETHER but also with her feelings for Sean Penn in their failed marriage in TILL DEATH DO US PART as well as female empowerment issues in EXPRESS YOURSELF. Madonna co-wrote and co-produced every song on the album with Patrick Leonard and Stephen Bray. The album went to #1 on the Billboard 200.

The Japan Import features the lyrical Japanese Text sheet, obi-strip, and collector's worth. The tracks are 11 as the other releases and the English lyrics are also in the booklet [like all releases].

Promotion of this album was set out with the Pepsi commercial. Because Madonna was making such a splash and such huge strides followed by success Pepsi-Cola wanted to strike a deal with her by offering a spot in a commercial. It was to be a sampling of Madonna's new single LIKE A PRAYER [released- March 21, 1989] and a promotion strategy a "Taste of America" along with the sponsorship of her tour titled THE BLOND AMBITION WORLD TOUR. When Madonna released her video critics and a moral majority were up in arms with furor and even talked about boycott to Pepsi. So much so, that Pepsi dropped the commercial. Later interviews like Kurt Loder's BREAKFAST WITH MADONNA address this specific chaos. The music for LIKE A PRAYER has a chorus, a funky-dance rhythm and vocals by Madonna that are sung together quite impressively. To this day the song is heard on Madonna's tours and performances like THE REINVENTION TOUR, STICKY & SWEET TOUR, and "LIVE AT THE SUPER-BOWL -BRIDGESTONE HALFTIME SHOW [02/05/12]", to name a few. It is considered a pop-rock song. It was produced by Madonna and Patrick Leonard. The entire song has a gospel choir like sound definitely inspired by her Catholic upbringing and fascination to religion. It became Madonna's 7th #1 on the Billboard 100. The video was nominated for Viewers Choice and Video of the Year winning the former. When she won the award she thanked Pepsi.

The second single released May 9, 1989 EXPRESS YOURSELF has a more dance-pop style and is quite remarkable to this day as even music artists today like Lady Gaga have gotten inspiration from it in her song BORN THIS WAY. In a recent TRUTH OR DARE promotion for Madonna's new perfume at Macy's a fan asked Madonna what was her most meaningful song of all times and Madonna answered EXPRESS YOURSELF. The song focuses on empowerment, as taking second best is not an option. Some words, "And when you're gone he might regret it/Think about the love he once had/Try to carry on/But he just won't get it/He'll be back on his knees/To express himself/You've got to make him Express Himself!".The song Express Yourself is one of my favorites and my first single ever bought of Madonna's. It has a very upbeat funky melody with a catchy dance style very exuberant and sassy. It's an inspiration to say what you want and to not feel repressed that has definitely shaped my life.The single peaked at #2 in the Billboard Hot 100. The single was certified gold by the RIAA. The video ranked at #1 on Slant Magazine and was honored as the Best Music Video Award for 1989. It was placed on #10 The 100 Top Music Videos and MTV's 100 Greatest Videos Ever Made and #3 on MuchMusic list Top 100 Videos of the Century, according to Wikipedia. The song is played on many of Madonna's tours including THE REINVENTION TOUR, and THE BLOND AMBITION TOUR to name only 2. Madonna performed this highly energetic song on the 1989 MTV VMA's as a preview for her Blond Ambition World Tour.

The third single, CHERISH is another of my favorites and my second single bought. It is a beautiful uplifting song with a catchy hook and positive energetic sound. It was released August 1, 1989. It is a more pop sound vs the others. It peaked at #2 and became Madonna's 16th top 5 single in the Billboard Hot 100-- It was present on the Hot 100 for a total of 15 weeks. It helped garner a trophy at the 1989 Billboard Music Awards as "Top Adult Contemporary Artist." The video includes a former boyfriend named Tony Ward who later appeared on her video titled, Madonna - Justify My Love [VHS]. It was sung on her BLOND AMBITION TOUR.

The fourth single, OH FATHER was released on October 24, 1989. It is a pop-ballad song. It depicts many feelings that Madonna wanted to share. When her mother died and she was faced with many chores and responsibilities including accepting a step mother she felt emotionally neglected according to Lucy O'brien in Madonna: Like an Icon. It was Madonna's escape of sadness and from emotions that came after her mother's passing and father's re-marriage and behavior. The song peaked at #20 in the Billboard Hot 100. The video was honored by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of "the 100 Top Music Videos." Madonna's vocals are soft, alluring and very emotionally touching!

The fifth single, DEAR JESSIE was released December 10, 1989 and produced by Madonna and Patrick Leonard. It has a childlike quality and was limited to a UK release. It inspires fantasy, and fairy tale imagery as well as uplift and joy. It is one of the few tracks that does not really strike a pulse -sort of speak. The single peaked at #5 in the UK Singles Chart, stayed there 9 weeks and achieved Silver certification.

The last and 6th single is KEEP IT TOGETHER and features Madonna singing a pop track with high paced energetic beats and much funk. It was released January 30, 1990 and peaked at #8 in the Billboard Hot 100. There's guitar, percussion, banjo, and up-tempo beats. The guitar part was played by Prince according to Wikipedia. It topped the Hot Dance Music/Club Play Chart to #1.

Other songs not released singles would be LOVE SONG a duet with Prince. The tempo is slow with soft-rock elements as Madonna's and Prince's vocals blend to a harmonious degree. Due to scheduling incompatibilities their vocals were done separately and later created by sending the tape back and forth. It's a very harmonious song with Madonna's vocals taking a softer dive. SPANISH EYES has acoustic Spanish guitar with soft beats and restrained percussion. It's a cry for compassion and help. The slow tango is very reminiscent of Madonna's fondness to the Spanish community as in the past.

This album cemented Madonna as not being a music artist that lacks depth, emotion or staying power. The emotional maturity was apparent and the critics like Musical Express called it "a brilliant, thoughtful, startling and joyful example of popular music." They further stated, "It showed obvious signs of post-divorce rethinking and consolidation."

Lastly, the album ends with ACT OF CONTRITION as similar to her newer album release single's beginning titled, Girl Gone Wild. From this album it can be said that Madonna was working out a lot of sadness and difficulties from her ended marriage to Sean Penn and struggles of her mother's death. It was a traumatic time and a tough load to deal with. Her Catholic strict upbringing played a part in this last segment and thus helped her cope with her situation. Apparently, Madonna has grown up with her fans like her father Tony has stated and this album will give a glimpse into that time and how Madonna dealt with it. The experience is definitely unique, touching, and telling!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece album by Madonna, 30 Mar. 2008
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S. J. Pinder "scifihorror fan" (Cornwall,UK) - See all my reviews
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Literally Madonna has had a major influence on the music industry and her music here is at it's most organic best as well as being an influential recording of epic proportions. Madonna proved here that no other musician can create an album that is so very distinctive and personal yet also incorporate a sense of fulfilment and enjoyment too.
Madonna definately shone when she released this album back in 1989, she hit the big time across the globe and alongside her previous albums Like A Virgin and True Blue remains of historic musical relevance and also proved the point that Madonna is more than JUST The Queen Of Pop, more as an established Queen Of Music and Entertainment because she literally connected with her fanbase and worldwide audience's when she releases a song from an album and it is reflected in the sales, and has thus far(July 2010) shipped 20 million copies across the globe!
Her video's also are immortal accompaniments to the hit songs, Like A Prayer sparked controversy whereas the song is a pure anthemic Rock tune with elemental lyrics, Express Yourself was a BIG dance anthem and it's video incorporated science fiction and surrealist imagery as well as inspiration from the Fritz Lang epic Metropolis and was for a long time the most expensive video ever made! and one of the all time greatest. Cherish reflected the purities and innocence of life within the lyrics and this was inflicted by the video and Oh Father was a rather dark ballad with really huge beats and mighty lyrical depth and voice projection.
Not even Michael Jackson could create such a layered pop album that extends to more than the beats and the songs but rather the cultural importance of the musician at hand and the creative strangth as well as the layers of emotion within each song which creates something of a spectacle and Epic Movie Blockbuster every single time the album is heard, Like A Prayer is Madonna at her most reflective and this is indeed Pop Gold.

the songlist(as if you didn;t know)-
Like A Prayer-10/10-fantastic song that made her reign supreme,her most lyrically layered song she has created a proper stomper of a tune.
Express Yourself-10/10-a mighty dance anthem!
Love Song-9/10-fab duet with Prince,not usually a favourite amongst fans but i find it is an excellent production duet.
Til Death Do Us Part-10/10-Madonna plays the commentator on her much publicised divorce from Sean Penn,the lyrics are very dark and indeed raw but the tune is so very melancholic and uplifting it makes yah' clap along to the beat.
Promise To Try-10/10-Madonna reflecting on her past/very powerful song about her mother and now more than ever has a significant impact on me.
Cherish-10/10-awesome song with a majestically tuned beat and will never lose the power! a nice tribute to 0's girl group style anthems and so very richly produced and styled by Madonna and Patrick Leonard.
Dear Jessie-10/10-very random track and extremely light hearted and it is a really uplifting tune too,flows neatly into Oh Father.
Oh Father-10/10-another one of my favorites,such a deep meaningful ballad that is just so immortal to this day.
Keep it Together-10/10-awesome/spectacular/amazing are the words to describe this song it is a real banger of a tune that literally gets you into the groove of it(pun intended!) and a fantastic homage to the Sly & The Family Stone Funk band as well as a reflecting on her family life.
Spanish Eyes-10/10-a great ballad with Latin inspired beats(her third to feature Spanish themes thus far)and it does make you sway.
act of contrition-10/10 a strange way to end the album and its conclusion makes me jump(WHAT DO YOU MEAN ITS NOT IN THE COMPUTER??!!!?).

again, this album is a genuine masterpiece!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The last album I purchased by Madonna., 9 May 2010
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Madonna's fourth and last studio album I ever purchased. I did not like the direction she later took. People who try to shock and attempt to become 'outrageous' don't impress me much...

This has four hit singles. (could have given her a couple more in my opinion) After this album, Madonna went downhill all the way... Songs got longer - quality became less...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The last album I purchased by Madonna., 9 May 2010
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Madonna's fourth and last studio album I ever purchased. I did not like the direction she later took. People who try to shock and attempt to become 'outrageous' don't impress me much...

This has four hit singles. (could have given her a couple more in my opinion) After this album, Madonna went downhill all the way... Songs got longer - quality became less...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Her Best? Probably, 6 Sept. 2014
This review is from: Like A Prayer (Audio CD)
As I grew up in the 80's it was hard to ignore Madonna, I had her 2nd and 3rd albums (Like a Virgin & True Blue) and it was to be honest pretty much by the numbers synthesized pop music, albeit very well done, Occasionally she touched on some genuinely excellent songs, with good lyrics, and decent music (Papa Don't Preach, La Isla Bonita, Crazy For You) For Like A Prayer she seemed to head in a more serious direction, embracing the art form of the album, and challenging her audience. Opener Like a Prayer, although now overplayed was a rousing pop song. Love Song was an interesting duet with Prince, very prince-like and all the better for it. Cherish is a wonderful song, and sadly gets forgotten as one of her classic singles. The rest doesn't always work, but she gained some respect for trying a more artistic style. This didn't last as she quickly jumped on the Sex-Goddess train with her next albums, stuff like Justify My Love and Hanky Panky. Shame, as for a moment she seemed have turned onto the right road.
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